Public libraries can use their status as community hubs to engage the public in scenario planning for the future.
We commonly think of libraries as repositories of knowledge accumulated over centuries. But the public library also connects people in ways that can enable communities to plan for their future.
While governments focus on how to ease congestion and make affordable housing more accessible for workers in our biggest cities, fast rail could be a mixed blessing for regional cities.
Uber's expansion has become a global epic with regional episodes, but the legal conflict in Argentina has even higher stakes.
An ecosystems approach to cities that recognizes rats as part of the ecosystem can help address the challenges presented by urban rats.
Australia has well established urban design guidelines, whereas many Chinese cities don't have any – and it shows. But Australia can also learn from China.
China has put the onus back on Australia to take responsibility for our waste, and Germany has shown us the way with extended producer responsibility for construction and demolition waste.
Without a place to live it is nearly impossible to take care of your mental health needs.The upcoming royal commission should recognise the connection between stable housing and mental health.
Last week seven people were arrested for being alleged members of a begging 'syndicate'. Stories like this entrench public perceptions of the homeless as criminal.
Expanding green cities needs a holistic approach, and learning from Melbourne and Canberra is a good place to start.
Constructing buildings to rent, rather than sell, may fulfil important housing policy objectives – but it won't take off without tax reform.
Workers with long commutes are more likely to become sick. They also receive less net income (after deducting travel costs) and less leisure time.
From Apple Music to Netflix, subscription services are on the rise. It's time transport followed suit.
The inner cities of Australia's major state capitals are failing to meet the needs of families in terms of space, amenities and affordability.
The digital overlays of Pokémon Go reinvented Sofia’s everyday experiences of mundane spaces. And she became an outstandingly super-cool grandmother in the eyes of her grandson, Diego.
In a time of populist momentum to 'build a wall', your front fence says more than you think.
Sydney Schools weren't actually schools, but houses that embraced the native Australian landscape, and reacted to international modernism.
How many opportunities you can reach depends on where you live and how you travel. A new report maps accessibility for our eight capital cities by car, public transport, cycling and walking.
From cobbled laneways to grand buildings, bluestone has a long history in Melbourne – one that starts millions of years ago.
Cities must manage all the competing uses for limited roadside space to avoid congestion and maximise efficiency. And that begins with reliable data.
Australia needs to build 730,000 more social housing units in 20 years.
Successful city squares act as nodes that connect places. They facilitate flows of people going about their daily lives through them as much, if not more, than they attract people to them. These flows…
Australia requires a minimum six-star energy rating for new housing. New homes average just 6.2 stars, so builders are doing the bare minimum to comply, even as the costs of this approach are rising.
A lack of convenient public transport is one of the main disadvantages of life in the outer suburbs. Driverless vehicles, by halving the cost of bus services, are ready to fill the gap.
Promoting the benefits of breastfeeding isn't enough when uncomfortable and uninviting public places deter mothers. Places that help them feel comfortable breastfeeding have several key features.
The largest group of homeless women is between the ages of 25 and 34, and family violence is most often the cause. Their stories testify to the dangers and stresses of not having a place to call home.
Regulations that are meant to protect residents from building failures and fires have been found wanting. All governments must take responsibility for fixing the defective regime they created.
From Berlin to New York, citizens from around the world have shown that it is possible to get governments to make affordable housing a priority.
Faced with local planning changes like infill development people often fear they could lose the neighbourhood they love. But serious games are proving effective in giving locals a say in their future.
ParentsNext requires places like libraries and public pools to monitor parents' attendance at activities. This undermines their role as spaces of inclusion and support.
Companies have an opportunity to reframe brand communications from the promotion of conspicuous consumption to becoming a regenerative force in urban economies.
Even the tidiest space has some dust. Researchers are investigating just what these indoor particles are made of and their possible implications for human health.
We now have a proven model for supporting self-determined building on Aboriginal homelands. The next question is how can its reach be extended?
Good urban design and walkability boost local economic activity by increasing public activity, but cities need to pay more attention to the effects of microclimates on streets and public spaces.
‘People felt totally trapped’: what it’s like to be a pensioner renting privately as Australia’s housing costs soar.
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On today's episode, Alan Morris shares some of the deeply moving stories he heard when he set out to interview older Australians in private rental accommodation and social housing about loneliness.
A project to protect producers from food fraud by verifying and promoting the provenance of the region's beef exports to China turned out to be a source of creative work in the region as well.